Trial begins for ex-Pittsburgh schools cop accused of sexual abuse of middle school students

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

He turned a janitor's closet into “breeding grounds for child molestation,” said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Schulte. “He used all the tools to keep his victims quiet: power, fear, shame, humiliation and intimidation. For years, it worked. That stops right now, in this courtroom.”

Opening statements in the sexual assault trial of the former Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer began Tuesday. The trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel could last a week. Lellock, 44, of Beltzhoover is charged with crimes including indecent assault, corruption of minors, false imprisonment, official oppression and making terroristic threats.

Four men in their late 20s claim Lellock pulled them out of class and inappropriately touched them inside a janitor's closet when they attended the Brighton Heights school. Lellock's attorney, Timothy J. Kidd, said his client often took youths into the closet to find out what was going on in the school.

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